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Correctional Officer

Date: Jan 10, 2019

Location: Multiple Locations, NS, CA, B3A 4V5

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia




Apply By: 1/24/2019  




Correctional Officer, Relief, Multiple Locations


Competition # 17787  




Who we are


The Correctional Services division of the Department of Justice is responsible for the administration and operation of community and custody-based programs and services for adult offenders and young persons.


Within the Correctional Services core business area there are two programs: community corrections & correctional facilities. Each of these program areas is broken down into closely related activities that have a specific impact on the program's target group.


A day in the life of a Correctional Officer


Under the general supervision of the Captain, you will be responsible on a rotating shift basis for the safe secure custody, control and supervision of sentence and remand offenders in an adult correctional facility.  You will perform all Correctional Officer duties associated with the shift assignment in areas of the facility such as Offender Living Units, Admission & Discharge, Reception/Visitation, Recreation, Laundry, Canteen Services and for administrative functions related to JEIN and the Offender Behavioural Management System.  As the Correctional Officer you are also responsible for:  regular and ongoing interaction with offenders, encouraging pro-social behaviour; promoting and adhering to policy and procedures, standard operating procedures, post orders and directives by conducting offender counts and searches; report writing; offender security and safety; and physical plant cleanliness and maintenance requirements.


What makes a great Correctional Officer


Candidates must possess a high school diploma and a post-secondary certificate or diploma from an accredited Correctional Officer program or a University degree in a relevant field of study.  Experience in law enforcement, security or the military would be an asset.  Previous experience as a Correctional Officer would also be an asset.  Other combinations of education, training and relevant experience may be considered.   Knowledge or experience working in a computerized/automated environment would also be considered an asset. Some previous leadership experience, i.e. leading youth programs, groups or committees, would be an asset.


Qualified applicants will be invited to complete a written test to assess knowledge and judgement.  Those who pass the test will be required to complete the Correctional Officer Physical Abilities Test (COPAT) to be eligible to attend a job interview. Go to for more information on the Corrections Recruitment & Selection process, the COPAT and the suggested 6-week, pre-test training program.  Candidates should not expect to pass the COPAT if they are not currently physically fit and do not undertake some preparatory training.  


Applicants who successfully complete the COPAT will be invited to attend a competency-based job interview.  During the interview, applicants must demonstrate well developed communication, interpersonal and interviewing/counseling and conflict resolution skills to deal effectively with offenders and function well as a member of the team. Correctional Officers serve as role models to offenders and therefore must possess sound observation, decision making and problem solving skills, as well as the ability to respond effectively in crisis situations.


What makes a great Correctional Officer continued


At the job interview candidates will be issued a pre-employment questionnaire.  If you are called for the next phase, the pre-employment interview, you will be asked to bring the completed questionnaire with you.  The questionnaire focuses on honesty and integrity and candidates must answer all questions accurately and truthfully.  Dishonesty or non-disclosure will result in elimination of the candidate's application. Go to to review the pre-employment questionnaire. 


At this final stage, candidates will also be asked to provide a copy of a valid driver’s license, a driver’s abstract, Standard First Aid/CPR certificate and proof of all stated education and training.  Candidates are also asked to submit results from fingerprinting and a vulnerable sector check, and a child abuse registry check.


What you need to know


Relief employees fill gaps in the schedule and replace full time employees when operational requirements demand as determined by the Employer. The successful candidate is required to work a shift rotation which includes day time hours, evenings, nights and weekends.  The facility is a 24-hour operations and is a tobacco-free environment. 


Please note, relief opportunities are available in the Northeastern, Central and Yarmouth districts.  Please identify on your cover letter which area you are interested in.


Pay Grade:  ACC 04 


Salary Range:  $24.40 - $29.91 


A relief employee is an employee who is not regularly scheduled by the Employer, but who works relief assignments on an as-needed basis as operational requirements demand. As such, a relief employee does not have guaranteed hours of work.


Please note: when competing for vacancies, a successful Temporary, Term or Permanent Relief Employee who is currently employed with the Province will maintain their bargaining unit status, seniority and benefit level at the new workplace.


If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:




Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy and we welcome applications from Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer.


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  For questions or concerns, please contact


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